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Alumni Spotlight: Legal Aid Client Thanks Her “Dream Team”

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“From the bottom of my heart I thank you all” : Legal Aid client thanks her “Dream Team”

Attorneys in our Charlotte office recently received some sincere thanks and high praise from a client for whom they went to extraordinary lengths to help escape from an unhealthy housing situation.

Our client and her daughters were desperate to get out of their apartment, which was infested with black mold, but they didn’t know how to leave without losing their much-needed security deposit.

“I was at a very bad place when I came to Legal Aid,” wrote our client in an email, “but not one time was I not greeted with compassion. I was teamed up with a very firm but compassionate attorney named Shannon Pearce. She was very supportive and always a phone call or email away.”

Shannon, a Charlotte School of Law Fellow, helped our client and her daughters get out of the mold-infested apartment with her security deposit in hand.

But there was still a problem. Our client didn’t have the money to rent a moving truck or hire movers, and didn’t know anyone who’d volunteer to lend a hand.

Going above and beyond the call of duty, Shannon convinced the U-Haul truck rental corporation to give our client a certificate for a free moving truck. Now what about movers?

“I tear up as I write this,” said our client. “All of a sudden during moving day, Shannon had a moving crew!”

Shannon, joined by fellow attorneys Shanae Auguste, who is also a Charlotte School of Law Fellow, and Isaac Sturgill, threw on some old clothes and showed up to serve as our client’s volunteer moving crew!


Legal Aid attorneys Shanae Auguste (left), Shannon Pearce (second from left) and Isaac Sturgill stand in front of the donated U-Haul truck they used to help our client (holding sign) move out of her mold-infested apartment.

“I could not believe they had selflessly taken time out of their day to help me,” wrote our client. “And man are they strong, especially Isaac. I call them the Three Musketeers ‘cause they put any moving company to shame.”

“I’m forever grateful to the young attorneys,” she wrote. “So from the bottom of my heart I thank you all, especially the Dream Team: Shannon, Shanae and Isaac.”

This article is shared with permission from Legal Aid of North Carolina.

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Staff Spotlight

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Aithyni Rucker, the CPD’s Diversity Career Opportunity Coordinator, was published in this month’s NALP bulletin.  Her article is entitled The Diversity Professional: Getting Your CSO in the Game Through Creative Programming and Outreach.  She co-authored the article with Jenia Bacote, Assistant Director for Career Communications at Mercer University.

Congratulations, Aithyni, on this accomplishment!

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Charlotte School of Law Welcomes 10 Master of Laws (LL.M.) in American Legal Studies Students

The LLM in American Legal Studies program is offered to foreign trained attorneys and is a one-year, 24 credit hour program that provides students with the opportunity to pursue a flexible course of study tailored to their interests, or to complete the coursework required to be eligible to sit for the New York Bar Exam. Both options provide students with significant legal training and a strong understanding of U.S. law.


For the Fall 2014 class, Charlotte Law welcomed 10 students representing India, Colombia, Peru, Lithuania, Jamaica, Romania, and Germany. Several full and partial tuition scholarship opportunities to qualified applicants will continue to be offered through the LL.M. Ambassador Scholarship program. In order to be eligible for consideration, a prospective student must simply submit his application for the LL.M program. To apply please visit LSAC at www.lsac.org. For these significant scholarship opportunities, highly qualified candidates are chosen who possess the following characteristics:

  • Qualifying first foreign degree in law;
  • High academic achievement;
  • Demonstrated capacity for leadership and teamwork;
  • Superior personal awareness;
  • Ability to contribute to the practice, development and study of law;
  • Commitment to service;
  • Contribution to a globally diverse student population;
  • Ability to master legal studies in English; and
  • Willingness to serve as an LL.M. alumni leader and ambassador for CSL.

We are still accepting applications for our Spring 2015 class beginning in January. There is no application fee for first-time applicants and no fee waiver code is needed when you apply online through the LSAC website.

More information about the one-year, 24-credit LL.M. program and the LL.M. Ambassador Scholarship can be found at www.charlottelaw.edu/llm. No additional application is required to be considered for any of Charlotte School of Law’s LL.M. scholarships, including the LL.M. Ambassador Scholarship.

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Photo Gallery: Celebrating Talk Like a Pirate Day at the Charlotte Law Library

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by | October 14, 2014 · 8:00 am

CSL Spotlight: Enhancing Learning Outcomes


CSL is leading the higher education industry in enhancing learning outcomes and raising standards for experiential learning to prepare our students to be practice-ready.

Below is a front page article in North Carolina Lawyers Weekly about the recent change to ABA Standard 303(a) which now requires students to take 6 credits of experiential learning courses, and features interviews with Charlotte School of Law Deans Camille Davidson, Kama Pierce, and Carlos Pauling.

Law schools are sizing up recent changes to American Bar Association accreditation standards

Recent changes to the American Bar Association’s law school accreditation rules should mean minor adjustments for most of North Carolina’s law schools, if first impressions of several school leaders are correct. On Aug. 11 in Boston — after six years of comprehensive review — …

Read more: http://nclawyersweekly.com/2014/09/02/new-rules-for-schools-2/#ixzz3FYWViEot

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Faculty Spotlight: Professor Scott Broyles

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Our faculty serve as consultants to local media outlets when topics arise that align with their individual specializations.  

Here’s an example:

Constitutional law professor Scott Broyles was recently interviewed by WBTV about the state’s gay marriage ban.


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North Carolina Pattern Jury Instructions – No Longer Available Through NCBA

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The Charlotte School of Law library maintains copies of the North Carolina Pattern Jury Instructions (Civil, Criminal and Motor Vehicle Negligence) in print, in the Reference Carolinas section. These pattern jury instructions are useful as a starting point for anyone creating jury instructions for a specific case. The instructions have been drafted by the N.C. Conference of Superior Court Judges and have been coordinated by the University of North Carolina School of Government.

Until Monday, October 6th, the North Carolina Bar Association had provided electronic access to these instructions by means of a licensing agreement involving FastCase, the North Carolina Bar Association and the University of North Carolina School of Government.  The NCBA’s license is not being renewed.

The School of Government has licensed the exclusive electronic rights to CX Corp.  Subscription access to the electronic editions of the Pattern Jury Instructions are available directly through CX Corp at www.ncpji.  Members of the North Carolina Bar Association may be entitled to a discount for a one-time subscription and annual updates.  Questions regarding how to secure the discount should be addressed to Joyce Brafford (jbrafford@ncbar.org or 919-996-4377).

~Susan Catterall~

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